Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Mountainfilm is a multi-dimensional festival that celebrates adventure, activism, social justice, culture, environment and indomitable spirit. We accept and screen feature and short films on a broad range of subjects. We are always interested in work that focuses on mountains (both symbolic and physical), mountain culture, and mountaineering, but we also showcase films about people who are dedicated to changing the world.

Mountainfilm promotes and encourages diversity behind the camera.

Mountainfilm takes place May 26–30, and Mountainfilm Online/After the Festival will be June 1-June 7.

If you have questions about the submission process, be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions and detailed Submission Guidelines on the Mountainfilm website.

Best Documentary Feature: $5000
Audience Choice Award: $5000
Vimeo Staff Pick Award: $2500
Women in Film Award: $2500
Moving Mountains Award (supports a non-profit featured in a film): $1000 + $1500 to the filmmakers
Charlie Fowler Best Adventure Film: $2500
Best Short Film: $1000
Student Choice Award (awarded by a jury of local students): $1000

Eligibility Requirements

-Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival. If your film is not a documentary, please do not submit.
-Feature documentaries are 40 minutes and longer. Shorts are under 40 minutes, including credits.
-Film entries may be of any length, from any country and on any subject in keeping with our mission. Films should either be in English or include English subtitles.
-At this time, we do not accept VR projects.
-With few exceptions, Mountainfilm requires that films have not screened or been broadcast in Colorado prior to the festival. We take other previous screenings, broadcast and online availability into consideration when making official selections.
-Mountainfilm prefers newer films for inclusion. For the 2022 festival, we are seeking films making their premieres after January of 2021.
-We will consider films that have had an online presence, though our preference is to highlight work that has not already reached a large audience.

Submission Guidelines

-Only complete applications will be considered. This includes full contact information, film synopsis and specs, hi-res production stills, a trailer (features only), a Vimeo screener link and director headshot and bio.
-We strongly prefer Vimeo links over FilmFreeway's video uploads as it helps us in our screener process.
-Your screener link must remain active until June 10, 2022.
-Entry fees are non-refundable.
-If you are from an LMIC, a BIPOC filmmaker or a student, please contact us for a submission fee discount code/waiver.

Due to the number of submissions received, we unfortunately cannot provide feedback on entries.

Overall Rating
  • Emily Hopcian

    Mountainfilm (and Telluride) exceeded any and all expectations I had. Thought, intention and love are woven throughout every element of Mountainfilm. The festival brings together a unique, meaningful and inspirational blend of programming (films, speakers, workshops, activities and more) and people. It's an honor to have been part of this festival, and I can't wait to return to Mountainfilm and Telluride in the years to come.

    June 2021
  • Joshua Cannon

    After many years attending, this was my first year having a film play this tremendous, one-of-a-kind festival. Even with it looking different this year due to the pandemic, the programmers make you feel like family and create a warm and welcoming experience. The programming itself is top-notch. Can't wait to be back in Telluride; there's nothing quite like leaving a theatre and chewing on what you just experienced with the mountains standing tall behind you.

    September 2020
  • Josh Carrasquillo

    Mountainfilm was a great festival to be a part of. Very thankful for all of their considerations and effort to make it a great experience.

    June 2020
  • Shane Matthews

    The content, including film categories, presentations, and speakers were phenomenal. I only give 2 stars for networking because of the lack of human interaction and side conversations that organically sprout throughout the weekend in Telluride. Kudos to Mountainfilm staff for sacrificing nothing in this year's online festival!

    June 2020
  • Jake Cohn

    Amazing time from the opening dinner to morning coffee.
    A place to learn and get inspired.
    can't wait to go back!

    August 2019